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Nicholas Rood, dishonest mine owner, finds a Black Doll on his desk and knows that vengeance is about to overtake him for murdering his former partner. He is knifed as he talks to his ... See full summary »
This was the first of four Universal Crime Club features to be telecast on New York City's DuMont Television Station WABD (Channel 5), making its television debut Monday 18 November 1946, marking the first breakthrough of major studio films being telecast in the postwar era; this actually came about because, by this time, these four titles had fallen into the hands of Astor Pictures Corporation, who had been distributing them theatrically for the past four years. The three that followed were The Lady in the Morgue (1938), _The Westland Case (1937)_ and _Danger on the Air (1938)_. On the West Coast, The Black Doll first saw the light of television in Los Angeles Saturday 28 September 1947 on DuMont's KTLA (Channel 5), in Washington DC Monday 4 August 1947 on WTTG (Channel 5), in Chicago Monday 3 May 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), in Philadelphia Friday 18 June 1948 on WPTZ (Channel 3), in Lowell MA (serving the Boston Area) Friday 1 October 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Detroit Thursday 28 July 1949 on WJBK (Channel 2) and in San Francisco Wednesday 7 September 1949 on KPIX (Channel 5). It would not be until ten years later that Universal itself, and the rest of the majors, opened their vaults to their longtime rival.
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